MatrixCare Supports Malnutrition Awareness Week

September 24, 2018
Categories: Corporate, Senior living
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MatrixCare supports Malnutrition Awareness with elite nutrition software that helps facilities identify residents at risk for malnutrition. MealTracker is designed for users to keep track of residents’ nutrition status and help avoid potential detrimental outcomes related to poor nutrition.

MealTracker’s latest feature will help users identify RISK for Malnutrition. With our Malnutrition Risk Alert, we will flag users when 2 identifiers of malnutrition have been triggered. Using any BMI less than 19 with significant weight loss and any documented percent intake, a RED FLAG risk alert will appear on the Resident Profile. Additionally, MealTracker will be updating our alerting report to include Malnutrition Risk Alerts. The parameters behind a malnutrition risk alert are based on the ASPEN guidelines for clinical characteristics to diagnosing malnutrition which includes; weight loss – reported as weight change over time as percentage weight loss from baseline, and poor energy intake when entered into MealTracker.

Malnourished residents are 2x more likely to be readmitted to the hospital* and Dietary Managers and Registered Dietitians are key stewards of identifying malnutrition in LTPAC facilities. Having tools such as MealTracker to help identify this high-risk diagnosis is MatrixCare’s goal. According to ASPEN, the five criteria for malnutrition include weight loss, low body mass index, reduced muscle mass, reduced food intake, and inflammation/disease burden. Having supporting documentation for at least 2 of these criteria will support the diagnosis of malnutrition.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published August 30, a new report on malnutrition in hospitalized patients and those readmitted. This 2016 data from the NIS database indicates a higher rate of malnutrition than the previously published 2013 statistical brief. This report also includes readmission data which demonstrates a continued higher readmission rate in patients with coded malnutrition in their index stay.

*Thomas, et al. Malnutrition in subacute care. Am J Clin Nutr 2002;75:308-13. Evaluation of 837 patients admitted over 14 months to a sub-acute care center. Nutritional status was assessed by anthropometric measurements, biochemical markers, and Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA) score. In malnourished patients, 25% required readmission to acute-care hospitals compared with 11% of the well-nourished group.


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Amy Wootton
Amy Wootton

Amy Wootton, RDN, is a registered dietitian licensed in the state of Florida with over 18 years of experience in clinical nutrition leadership for senior communities as well as acute care, food service management, nutrition informatics, and wellness education. Amy is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, was appointed Vice Chair on the Interoperability and Standards Committee, and is the leader of the Academy’s Nutition Care Process Workgroup. Amy most recently accepted a Leadership Award from the Florida Academy of Dietetics. She has achieved years of diversified experience in all spectrums and disease improvement and prevention throughout each lifespan. Amy is a dedicated leader and is passionate about the success of nutrition interventions as an electronic solution to healthcare crises’.

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